NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Luminex will be offering its molecular diagnostics directly to customers starting Jan. 1, 2013, the company said on Tuesday at its annual investor day conference.

The decision comes as Luminex's distribution deals with Abbott and Thermo Fisher Scientific expire at the end of this year and the Austin, Texas-based firm plans several new product launches in the US.

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